A Brief Note On Hemophilia And Its Effects On The World 's History

1352 Words Nov 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Hemophilia is a condition in which the ability of blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even the slightest injury. It is carried on the X chromosome and is very rare. This condition is often called a “royal disease” because it was passed from Queen Victoria to the ruling family of Spain, Russia, and Germany. Hemophilia not only affected Russian History, but also the World’s History. In 1818, a human sperm and egg joined to produce a zygote which would later become Queen Victoria of England. Queen Victoria was a carrier of Hemophilia. She later went on to have nine children with her husband Prince Albert. One of the children was her granddaughter, Princess Alexandra, who later married Nicholas II, the Tsar of Russia. Alexandra and Nicholas had four daughters. The next year, a long awaiting male heir appeared, his name was Alexei Nikolaevich. Alexei had inherited an X chromosome carrying a copy of the mutant gene for hemophilia. In addition to the tragedy of Alexei inheriting hemophilia, it was also a horrific year for Russia. They were defeated by Japan and revolutionary fervor began to sweep the country. It was also the year when Rasputin was introduced to the royal family. In 1905, Rasputin arrived in St. Petersburg, accompanied by his reputation as a man of god with healing powers. Princess Alexandra believed that her prayers were answered and that Rasputin could heal her son. In time, many people began to think that Rasputin…

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